Revelation—it is a word we hear mentioned throughout God’s Word. We also hear about God’s revelations in church services, but a personal revelation from God is highly desired of most Believers.
Revelation is given to us through intimate encounters with God. To be clear, revelation is not new information, but it is unique to the individual.
What does this mean and how does it manifest in your life?
Let’s first look at how we can trust God’s revelation.
You must have a reason to trust someone. We often find ourselves seeking to understand a person’s character for trust to develop. Character—an individual’s personality and nature—reveals if they are trustworthy.
Many don’t want to ask God to prove Himself, but we do want Him to reveal Himself. God proves His character through revelation. That revelation brings peace of mind because of the intimate encounter with Him. When you shut off the rest of the world and focus solely on God, He covers you with His presence.
“For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.”—Psalm 33:21
The Names of God Reveal His Character
God has over 700 names in the Bible. This number reveals the vast character of God. No one name can contain His power, mercy, and sovereignty. Little by little, God shows us more of who He is, yet He never changes.
- “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”—Malachi 3:6
- “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”—Hebrews 13:8
Here, God begins to unlock His power. You and I change, as our emotions can run wild, getting the best of us, but God doesn’t change. He is a solid rock.
Here are a few other names our spiritual forefathers used to describe God’s character:
- Elohim—a Hebrew name that mean Strong Creator.
- Jehovah, Yahweh, I Am—a Hebrew name that reflects that God is self-existence and
- El Shaddai—a Hebrew name that means God Almighty.
- Jehovah-Shalom—a Hebrew name that means Lord of Peace.
- Messiah—a Hebrew name that means
- Helper, Counselor—a name for the Holy Spirit.
- The Coming King—a name given to Jesus to describe His future reign as King!
Does this sound like a mighty and trustworthy God?
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When God Gives You Revelation…
God strengthens you before He reveals what is in store for you. He molds your character into more of His. Taking the experience of Elijah in 1 Kings, Elijah discovered His life was in jeopardy, and he ran. He became weak in the wilderness, but God provided sustenance and instruction. The Lord sent an angel who told him to “arise and eat.”
Again, Elijah wanted to give up, but the angel revealed a bit more about what was to happen. The angel told him a second time to “arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” Elijah followed the instruction and the second meal provided strength for forty days and forty nights.
It was after this time in the wilderness when Elijah heard a word from the Lord. You see, God has to prepare you for revelation. Then you must step into His presence, resisting the distractions and circumstances around you.
Keep reading to see how God revealed Himself to Elijah…
The situation Elijah stepped into on the mountain was a strong wind, broken rocks, an earthquake, and fire. Does this describe your life? The Lord wanted to show Elijah where He wasn’t; the Bible says that these circumstances were NOT the Lord.
“…and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”—1 Kings 19:11-12
The Lord’s still small voice contrasted these loud and earthshaking experiences. At this moment Elijah “…wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave…” (1 Kings 19:13).
The mantle was Elijah’s identity. He covered himself, choosing at that moment to cut off any destruction and distraction that surrounded him, and humbled himself before the Lord. This meeting of humility revealed to Elijah what God wanted him to do for His Kingdom.
What Is God’s Revelation to You?
John 14 answers this question. The disciples ask Jesus to reveal the Father.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father?” Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.’”—John 14:9-11
Jesus IS the revelation of God! The perfect and pure character of God is manifested within Jesus. Jesus goes on to say that He promises a Helper, the Holy Spirit. God deposits His Spirit in you! The enemy cannot deceive the Spirit of Truth.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”—John 14:12-18 (emphasis added)
The great I Am is within YOU! To have an intimate encounter with the One who breaks strongholds, unblocks blessings, brings order to chaos, and provides revelation, you must…
- Cover yourself with your true identity
- Focus on Him alone
- Ask Him through prayer to reveal His intent and destiny for your life
- Believe His promises and that He has a purpose unique to you
The name—your identity—that God has given you does not change. Will you meet Him and ask Him to reveal more of who He is?
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”—Romans 8:16-18
What Have You Been Called to Do?
God’s revelation has changed the world. He has called those who believe in Him to do the work that Jesus did. He wants you to have an encounter with Him, to step out of your circumstances and have a meeting with Him, then He will reveal to you what His desire is for your life.
Through this close encounter, there will be an unexplainable peace as He uses you to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to do the work of the Father.
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